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Encourage your child to find out about famous inventions and inventors of the past, and maybe try to invent something new and useful themselves.

For instance, nobody knows which early human being invented the wheel more than 4000 years ago, but think about what an important change in human history that was. It allowed travel over long distances.

Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb, which was first produced commercially in 1878. People stay up much later at night because of that invention! Learn more about Edison here (scroll down for a three minute video); and find out more about other early inventors here.

Nowadays a lot of inventions are in the world of technology - mobile phone apps, Dyson hoovers, Google glass and Apple watches. Can your child think of other good inventions? They might like to write a list.

Inventors are good at spotting a problem that needs a solution, or at thinking of what people might need or like in the future. See if your child can invent something to help you around the home, or perhaps a new toy or game that might appeal to children. Be amazed at all the things that have already been invented and that we use every day!

  • Why am I doing this?

    Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them. 

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.

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